"Savage" New Lotus Exige Cup 430 revealed

Lotus Exige Cup 430

We've seen recently the Elise Cup 260, the Evora GT430, and a myriad of bespoke models, and that's only during the past few months - and Lotus doesn't show any signs of fatigue.

The most extreme Exige road spends on acceleration from 0 to 96 km/h in 3.2 seconds, that's 0.2 seconds less than with the Cup 380.

Once upon a time there was the humble 350hp Lotus Exige Cup, a auto unsurprisingly very well received on PistonHeads. In its lightest configuration, the vehicle weighs just 1,056 kg. Overall weight has been reduced by 12 kg to 1,059 kg. - Picture courtesy of Group Lotus plcNEW YORK, Nov 10 - The latest fire-breathing road-legal racing auto to roll out of Lotus's tiny production facility, the Exige Cup 430: Unlimited Edition, offers extreme levels of acceleration, grip and handling, but best of all, it's set to be a standard, full-production model rather than a limited-run special edition. As the name implies, there's a healthy boost of power included - motivation comes from the same supercharged 3.5-liter Toyota V6 used inside the Exige 380, but with a jump from 380 horsepower (283 kilowatts) up to 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts).

Aero bits include a new front splitter, louvers over the wheel arches, rear diffuser, air intake, and carbon fiber rear wing that help the Cup 430 UE generate 485 lbs of downforce. The new design front and rear clam panels are 6.8 kg lighter than those on any other Exige. The system is created to give "improved bite and debris clearance and reduce distortion and vibration and to deliver consistent pedal feel and stopping power lap after lap".

"This is the auto that we have always wanted to build, and I am sure that all Lotus enthusiasts will be delighted with the end product", Gales says. That lap time makes it the fastest production auto ever to lap the historic track - even 1.2 seconds faster than the Lotus 3-Eleven road vehicle. It's available to order now for £99,800 plus on-the-road costs.

Prices will start at £99,800 (RM549,910) in the United Kingdom and €127,500 (RM622,387) in Europe, depending on the individual country's Value Added Tax system.

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